Gerard Pique confirms Cesc Fabregas will leave Barcelona for €33m

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Barcelona midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas is off to the Premier League this summer in a €33m move, according to his team-mate at club and international level Gerard Pique.

The Spanish defender let a choice piece of news slip at a promotional event alongside national boss Vicente del Bosque, with microphones picking up a revealing conversation between that seemingly confirms persistent speculation that Fabregas is set for a massive move, but not the club in question.

Pique was caught by TV3 telling Del Bosque: "He [Cesc] told me it's all done. He's going. 33 million [euros] he told me.

Del Bosque has done his best to ward the conversation in the press conference away from speculation over the former Arsenal captain, but his warning that Pique will upset Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu by speaking out about the star fell on deaf ears.

Just about every leading Premier League club has been mentioned in connection with a swoop for a proven playmaker at the highest level, but Chelsea are widely viewed as leading a race which also includes Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool, depending on which sources you place value in.

Chelsea have been the most aggressive in their pursuit of the 27-year-old and their efforts look to have been rewarded, with Pique's use of a €33m potentially particularly illuminating when you consider Arsenal's buy-back clause, which is a very different sum.

The Blues have already closed a deal to sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa for £32m this week and are now in pole position to bring a second La Liga star to Stamford Bridge, as Blues boss Jose Mourinho ramps up his efforts to ensure a barren season in terms of silverware is not repeated.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has so far been non-committal on signing a player he brought through from age of 16 across eight glorious seasons in North London, a surprising stance which has given Arsenal fans genuine cause for concern their former hero will play in Chelsea blue at the Emirates next season.

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